Jesus did not die because God had an anger problem and needed to be appeased. God does not change; as He is about reconciliation now, so He always has been about reconciliation. No, Jesus died to take on the effects of our malice, rivalry and self-centredness and reflect them back at us in all their undisguised ugliness. He died because it was the only way to expose the inescapable fact that the wages of sin is death.
It has just come to my attention that the trailer for the Fault in Our Stars movie has been leaked.
The comments and tumblr are exploding with “I couldn’t resist” and “OMFG my feels”, which is justified from a fandom that is ridiculously excited about the story and creators.
However, I’d like…
I totally agree and I realize I am increasingly in the minority in holding to this view. But I also especially like the part about instant gratification.
The only scene I’m looking forward to is the one right after Van Houten steals the hidden treasure from the Anne Frank house and he and Hazel and Augustus have that intense foot/boat/car chase through Amsterdam. And they end up in that empty warehouse and Van Houten corners…
I hope they stay true to the book and keep this scene in the movie.
[T]here is no separate spirituality for monks, laymen, and priests. Christian spirituality is one for everyone. If you look from the outside Christianity you could really say that monasticism is the elite of the Church. But every single monk shouldn’t think that way, shouldn’t consider himself to be in the elite. There is a well-known saying of a Desert Father who said that he lives in the desert because he is not good enough to live in the world. The best virtue for both a monk and a layman is the humility.
Hieromonk Gabriel Bunge
I wholeheartedly believe that this Orthodox icon is the most beautiful icon of Jesus Christ! <3